During the summer, Tottenham Hotspur were looking to strengthen their attacking ranks, with Harry Kane in need of cover.
According to a report in The Sun from September, Uruguay international Darwin Nunez was on Jose Mourinho’s shortlist, though Brighton were also said to be eyeing the talented striker.
The report claimed the 21-year-old – who had scored 16 goals in 32 competitive appearances for Almeria – was valued by his now-former club at £15million.
Neither Tottenham nor Brighton were successful in their efforts to land Nunez, as he ended up becoming Benfica’s most expensive signing, joining in September for €24m (around £21.5m).
And he’s hit the ground running for the Portuguese giants, to say the least.
While he is yet to open his account in the Primeira Liga, he has contributed five assists in just four league games – all wins.
But in terms of opening his account for the club, he did so last night in the Europa League, scoring a hat-trick with all three shots on target in a 4-2 win away at Lech Poznan.
“He will be a world-class player,” Benfica boss Jorge Jesus told Sport TV, via Goal.com. “Unfortunately for me, maybe I will lose him in a short time.”
Reports linking Spurs and Nunez didn’t really proceed past a general amount of interest in the player.
With most transfer speculation – particularly during an open window – ultimately falling flat, he wouldn’t have been on the Spurs’ fans’ radar for long.
And course, Tottenham bolstered their ranks with a Benfica player in the end, Carlos Vinicius joining on loan, and he’s looked promising so far.
But given how well Nunez has started, and how relatively inexpensive he was, you couldn’t help but wonder whether Spurs should’ve gone further down that avenue as well.